Tuesday, January 01, 2008

What does a year look like in photos?

I take photos. Almost every day I take photos. I take photos to capture things I see, how I live, what I think is beautiful. In many ways, I take photos to document my life.

A few days ago I thought I’d pull together a representation of photos for the year, and it was then I discovered that I took 5,364 photos over the course of the year (more if you count the ones I edited out along the way).

And wow, what a year it’s been. Many of these photos have been seen here on this blog, but I’m sure of the 200 or so I pulled together for this little slideshow (don’t worry, they’re each up for only 1.5 seconds) there are plenty you haven’t seen. Editing these brought back the joys of living through major construction in our house, a gutted kitchen, not a room left untouched, our temporary kitchen in the basement and the amazing items pulled from the walls of a 95-year-old house. So many photos of Wink, Picasso and Frida. Some of our outings, including roller derby, farmers market, the Oregon coast and San Diego. And since we lived for 5 months without a kitchen, I’m still making up for it with all of the explorations in our new kitchen. I look at these photos of fresh homegrown tomatoes with basil and mozzarella and laugh that at one time, I said I was maxed out on having that to eat anymore (oh what I’d give for those tomatoes now!). The year shows explorations with new lenses, visiting gardens, my work with Q Center, my parents, Pride, Safety Pup, and visiting farms of lavender, blueberries, raspberries and apples. A new baby nephew, and a blogger get together. I’ll stop listing it now, you can watch it for yourself.

But I did want to follow up on a question I posed recently about blogging every day this year, and whether or not I should do it. I have to give props to those of you who said you would, and I fully support you doing so. Thank you for your feedback! I’m going to opt out, though. During the month of NaBloPoMo when I posted every day, many of my posts were humorous, sarcastic or just pass-alongs of weird things on the web. I’ve decided I want to be just a little more intentional with the things I say here, and sometimes that takes a few days to form.

So here, watch some pretty pictures and get a glimpse into my life in 2007. I can only imagine what I'll capture in 2008! Happy New Year!

13 comments:

the mama said...

that was so great! from a distance, it looks like you 2 have a lovely life and like 2007 was good to you. the food and flower photos were especially amazing.

The Recovering Straight Girl said...

Beautiful.

Who was that dame in the tiara???

And that cute Ginger colored dog???

I feel grateful that we were able to share some of 2007 with you and your wonderful family.

Wacky Mommy said...

great pix!

Patti said...

Happy New Year Lelo!

Off to experience your slideshow!

purpletwinkie said...

Oh I love the 2007 photos!

Thanks for letting me tag along.

SassyFemme said...

What a great idea!

Matt in Overlook said...

Lelo,
I loved the slide-show, and music. Thanks for sharing. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

brett said...

That was awesome and enjoyable. I am honored to be a part of it and to know you and AdRi. Congrats to AdRi by the way. Got the twitter.

Every day, you inspire me to be a better person in this world we call our own.

Rozanne said...

Fantastic! I love the juxtaposition (and I love that F BC VOD made the final cut!).

Now I've got a much more do-able challenge for you. How about Project 365--post one photo a day to the Flickr group Project 365? (You can also post the photo to your blog if you feel so inclined.) I'm in!

cat said...

oh lee...i swear i think you are one of the best photographers i've ever seen. such gorgeous and telling photos! you truly inspire me to document more and explore that untapped part of my supposed creativity..hehe i love you and miss you sister...

bemused said...

Sigh. Your talent. Amazes. Me.

Fleur de Lisa said...

This is fantastic. I watched it the other day via my Google Reader and got so sucked in I forgot to come over here and tell you how great it is.

What did you use to put the slideshow together? I'd like to do something similar with the Project 365 thing I just wrapped up on Flickr.

Anonymous said...

I love your blog....and the fact that you love taking pictures, you have so many interesting everyday life "stuff" to chat about....Thanks for giving me your blog spot. Jennifer